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Religious Privilege

We all know what it is, and we've all encountered it, both here at DU, and in the real world, but there seems to be a big argument about it here, and in the real world.

What is your personal definition of the privilege? What are some examples of of it you have encountered here and irl?

The burden of proof is on believers

There's been a lot of focus, and reframing the debate to focus on what atheists have to do, and what they believe, and what they have to prove. I just wanted to remind everyone where the burden lies, where it has always lain and where it always will. There has never been any proof put forward that has withstood a minimal amount of scrutiny.

Atheism is a rejection of the claim there is a divine being, not a declaration that there is none. All the favorite atheist boogymen have publicly stated that if there were one shred of evidence they would believe, but guess what?

So please, before we keep on with this trend of reframing debates, and resorting to personal attacks and tone policing, accept the burden of proof and either put up or shut up.

Jewish extremists vandalize Jerusalem church

Vandals sprayed anti-Christian graffiti on a Jerusalem church on Friday, despite Israeli police stepping up security around religious sites ahead of a visit by Pope Francis later this month.

"Price tag… King David for the Jews… Jesus is garbage" was spray-painted in Hebrew on the wall of St George’s, a Romanian Orthodox church near an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood.


The Roman Catholic church has demanded Israeli action after Hebrew graffiti reading "Death to Arabs and Christians and to everyone who hates Israel" was daubed on its Notre Dame complex in Jerusalem on Monday.

"The bishops are very concerned about the lack of security and lack of responsiveness from the political sector, and fear an escalation of violence," the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said.

Read more: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=696136

Can the mentally ill hold religious beliefs?

Just a discussion here,every time someone commits a crime in which God told them to kill, or they were possessed, or something like that, their reasoning gets discarded and they get labeled "mentally ill" which takes precedence over any beliefs they might have.

Which leads to my question: Can the mentally ill have religious beliefs? If they bad things they do are a result of their mental illness, then aren't the good things? Is: "well, she did it for god, but she's mentally ill, so doesn't count" a neutral statement whether it's a good or bad act? Can religions claim the good acts of the mentally ill, but disown them when it might make them look bad?

Turn Your Smartphone Into a Digital Microscope

Not a spam link, but a tutorial on making a microscope (cost at about $10 (not including phone)) and I wish the hardware store was still open.


El Diablo en el Fuego

Hey, there's that big raging fire in Yosemite, but today one broke out in the East bay near Clayton on Mt. Diablo, didn't see anything about it here, but I took a couple pics of it:

more here http://lordquinton.tumblr.com/post/60721383033/there-is-a-fire-on-the-far-side-of-near-by-mt

What is Atheism?

a non-prophet organization

(stolen from Tumblr)

Have you ever opened a thread thinking...

"I wonder how this will be justified?"

If an Atheist is judged

By the actions of a few (Christopher Hitchens, misinterpretation of Dawkins, etc) then why is is not OK for Christians to be judged by the actions of, say Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron (though there are multitudes to choose from).

Just a thought that came to me in the shower.
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